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Art After 1600° Fahrenheit: Enamel Painting in Chicago

May 7 – June 18

Inspired by the French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the application of porcelain enamel as a medium expanded to the field of public art and was introduced in the mural painting class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the late 1970s. This exhibition includes several noteworthy large-scale enamel paintings produced by SAIC artists during this time period, including two prototype murals for installation in the Chicago subway system—though the only one actually realized was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial wall, commissioned by the City of Chicago in 1980 and mysteriously dismantled in 2001.

Public Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5 - 8 p.m.

Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May*
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Closed Friday, May 29

June - August
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator